A Photo a Week: Things With Wings

Nancy Merrill’s A Photo a Week challenge this week is Things With Wings.

Yesterday a friend and I visited Christkindlmarkt in Chicago – an annual German market that sets up for the holiday season at the Daley Plaza. Someone must have been generous with bird seed to attract this plethora of pigeons!
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Then today it was warm enough to walk outside and while walking a park district track, I came across this lone bird – a killdeer, someone informed me. I wondered if he/she felt cold.
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There are more exotic birds in Tanzania, such as the ubiquitous maribou stork,
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a colorful tiny bird whose name I don’t know,
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and this well-camouflaged pair in an acacia tree.
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Since it’s almost Christmas, I thought of this Native American nativity scene that we saw at Mission San Xavier del Bac near Tucson three years ago. This is a very unique-looking angel!
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Thinking of warmer days, I remembered all the monarch butterflies I saw this summer, such as this one I spotted in someone’s front garden. I was able to get quite close and take several photos.
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I also visited the butterfly garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden in July.
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This moth has a large spot on its wing that looks like an eye to ward off predators.
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This moth was perched on a screen at my house.
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